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Naval Undersea Warfare Center Reviews

Updated August 19, 2017
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  1. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Positive Experience. Great mentor learned a lot.

    Cons

    Don't have any to report


  2. "Network Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Network Security Engineer
    Current Employee - Network Security Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, Interesting work and great work/life balance

    Cons

    Slow promotion rate, not medium pay

  3. "Review of NUWC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you work at a major installation there are many different projects and interesting work. You can transfer from one code/group into another, giving you a degree of flexibility. Pay is usually good, benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Top heavy with management positions and other higher-level positions that all the person does is 'network', create 'synergy', and other assorted buzzwords. Tendency for personnel who fail to perform on the technical level to 'fall up' into one of the buzzword higher-level positions. You happiness is going to depend a lot on which branch head you are under. NAVSEA also has a lot of stupid bureaucratic red tape that makes purchasing anything even as simple as duct tape a nightmare and when you need something kind of expensive forget about it. Management is so short sighted on maintenance and care of equipment and facilities; won't pay for recommended maintenance, waits until critical failure/work stoppage and then gets upset when what you told them would happen, happened. And there is a heavy political/favorites game when it comes to promotions, internal investment funding, etc.


  4. "NUWC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and good people.

    Cons

    Frustrating system which is slow to change and hard to learn and low pay compared to the private sector.


  5. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to work in various different areas. Good work/life balance. Excellent educational opportuninties

    Cons

    Very, very limited upward mobility


  6. "The work is great, the bureaucracy is bewildering"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Newport, RI
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Newport, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the co-workers are brilliant and great to work with, many opportunities to expand and learn about any area you wish

    Cons

    Working for the government gets tiring with politicians shutting down jobs during sequesters, buying anything for work takes months, no work amenities unless collectively paid for by employess, i.e. water jugs, microwaves, mini fridge, etc...

    Advice to Management

    There's nothing really management can do as long as they are restricted by policies above them. Try to reduce the beaurocratic delays as much as possible


  7. "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Newport, RI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Newport, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good job for an engineer starting out of college. Tons of oppurtunities to further your education and learn the tricks of the trade. Pay is slightly less than the private sector, but a lot of PTO and opportunity to work overtime

    Cons

    As with any government agency, the timing of everything is very slow. Also, a lack of structure in management often causes confusion on who is your boss and who you should report to.

    Advice to Management

    There are no words to offer to the managers themselves as they themselves cannot rehabilitate that system that has developed over the years. The entire management system and hierarchy needs a complete overhaul but that may not ever be possible

  8. "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Newport, RI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Newport, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Due to the checks and balances and a union we have job security.

    Cons

    I have been at NUWC over 25 years. When I first started, there was much more technical work available, and I was doing R&D. But there is much less technical work now, with most work geared toward document review and contract monitoring.
    Then there is NMCI- a colossal waste of time and money. NMCI is the system that is mandated for
    email and unclassified computer work. We used to have lots of programming in the unclassified domain, but not anymore. NMCI exists because the Navy is petrified of sensitive information being exposed, but the price of restricting our abilities is too high.
    Employees at NUWC are civilians, but the navy is in charge. The whole time I have worked there, NUWC has been getting more and more like the navy. That means rules dictated by management with no rhyme or reason.
    Your role is to obey, or get out.
    If you like a regimented environment, then send NUWC your resume. If you are looking for employment where new ideas are welcomed, then look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, and give us feedback. Become more transparent with sharing of the logic behind decisions that affect us.


  9. "Great benefits, interesting work"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Middletown, RI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Middletown, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -There are plenty of interesting projects to get involved with
    -Benefits and leave are great. After three years there, you get 13 days sick leave and 19.5 days annual leave

    Cons

    -Government training and paperwork is cumbersome
    -Can be tough to move between different departments and codes


  10. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Administrative/Tech Specialist in Newport, RI
    Current Employee - Administrative/Tech Specialist in Newport, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    NUWC offers flexible schedules, good work/life balance and great opportunities to move up. Employees can telecommute several times a week which is a great benefit.

    Cons

    There are not many cons to working at NUWC.


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